Blurb: Generally considered to be F. Scott Fitzgerald's finest novel, The Great Gatsby is a consummate summary of the 'roaring twenties' and a devastating exposé of the 'Jazz Age'. Through the narration of Nick Carraway, the reader is taken into the superficially glittering world of the mansions which lined the Long Island shore of the American seaboard in the 1920s, to encounter Nick's cousin Daisy, Jay Gatsby and the dark mystery which surrounds him. (Wordsworth Classics)
Thoughts: I thought it was absolutely brilliant; definitely my favourite book in a long time. What struck me was not the insight into the superficially glamourous and prosperous life of twenties America, but the peek into the lives of such brilliant characters. The atmosphere of both the riotous parties and the quieter scenes are so beautifully evoked and so charming to read. For me it was subtle yet compelling and in many ways profound.